Biological Anthropology Section
Society for Anthropological Sciences
Cosponsored - Oral Presentation Session
Allison McNamara (University of Texas, Austin)
Given that 75 % of primates are in decline, it is imperative to to include conservation outcomes in all primatology publications. This process will result in greater inclusivity in both our publication and citation process. We searched 29,000 articles from a five-year period and found that the top impact factor journals include just a small number of manuscripts on conservation. Conservation outcomes are more common in in regional open access journals that lack impact factors. We argue that all primatologists should include direct and indirect conservation outcomes in their publications as part of their ethical statements. Direct conservation outcomes include: policy outcomes, multinational involvement, conservation initiatives, and education or other outreach programs both in primate host countries and in the researcher’s home country. Indirect conservation outcomes include: local involvement, local employment, long-term stay, habitat-country facilities/university sponsors, and student training. Major granting agencies require applicants to list broader impacts. These broader impacts should also be highlighted in primatological publications. Once broader impacts, expectations, and conservation goals and outcomes are visible and accessible, they become standard.